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12 Celtic and Rangers transfer misses as domestic talent snubbed over the years

Some of the talent coming out of Scotland in recent years has been frightening. But not many of them have been signed up by Celtic or Rangers.

Both Glasgow clubs have been derided for snubbing Scottish talent over the years and it's even been described as "snobbery" at times as their recruitment teams scour the globe for signings but fail to look closer to home. There are some obvious names that fans have bemoaned their clubs for not signing over the years.

But taking a closer look shows just how many young Scottish players have been glossed over. Not every signing has to be a star and plenty of these guys could have gone on to be solid squad options at Ibrox or Parkhead, at the same time bolstering their homegrown numbers for European competition.

Below, Football Scotland takes a look at some of the Scottish players who could have been picked up, and many for relative peanuts.

John McGinn

The poster boy for this. The midfielder's boyhood club, Celtic, were reportedly interested before he left Hibs but baulked at the £3million the Easter Road men were looking for. McGinn quickly helped Villa to promotion before establishing himself as not only a Premier League midfielder but one of the best, and the Midlands side's captain. Also the darling of the Tartan Army and joint sixth in the list of all-time Scotland goalscorers.

Andy Robertson

Another with Celtic connections that slipped through the net. Not only did Celtic release him from their academy but they then missed two chances to get him back, first when Dundee United plucked him from Queen's Park and then when Hull paid £3m to take him south after starring in the top flight. Liverpool then paid £8m for him and he went on to become one of the best left-backs in the world, probably THE best at one point. A Premier League title and Champions League medal mean he's done pretty well personally even if was a gaffe from Celtic.

Lewis Ferguson

If McGinn and Robertson were the ones that got away for Celtic, Ferguson is that man for Rangers. Has obvious allegiances to the Ibrox club with dad Derek and uncle Barry starring for them, he was released as a youngster but seemed an obvious pick-up when he was starring for Aberdeen. But with no offer coming in from Glasgow, Bologna swooped and the 24-year-old has gone from strength to strength. So much so that he was voted the best midfielder in the star-studded Serie A for the season just gone. Way out of the reach of the Old Firm now with a move to giants Juventus mooted before his injury.

Aaron Hickey

Another young man released at a young age from Celtic. Hearts picked him up and gave him the platform to break into their first-team at just 16, starring against the Hoops in a cup final. There were strong rumours of a return for him but in the end it was Bologna who picked him up for just £1.5million. Like Ferguson that worked wonders for him and he's now a Premier League star after Brentford splashed out £14m for his services.

Lyndon Dykes

Wouldn't count as a homegrown player but still a domestic talent that was ignored. Dykes did so well against both halves of the Old Firm for Livingston so they were more than aware of him. Not prolific for QPR but has shown his skillset for Scotland and would certainly be a squad option at least for either Glasgow side.

Ryan Porteous

It would have been some story if Ryan Porteous had pitched up at Ibrox after his run-ins with Rangers when playing for Hibs over the years, but it was rumoured at one point. Was available for just £450,000 when leaving Easter Road with just six months left on his deal. The way he has performed for Scotland leaves you asking why on earth neither team thought that one worth pursuing?

Lawrence Shankland

Rangers have been pilloried for not signing Shankland in January and it's thought his goals could have fired them to the title. It is of course one that could still happen but it wouldn't be the first time he was missed out on. Ian McCall revealed he had conversations with then Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard when Shankland was his player at Ayr United but it came to nothing. He continued to score goals for Dundee United before heading to Beerschot in Belgium. Eyebrows were raised when Hearts brought him back to Scotland but it has proved a masterstroke.

Kenny McLean

A self-proclaimed Rangers fan who has admitted he'd love to play for his boyhood club, the midfielder has forged a decent career in the English Championship and Premier League. A Norwich fan favourite, he was a virtual ever-present again as they narrowly missed out on promotion back to the top flight. It would have cost Celtic and Rangers just £300,000 to sign McLean from St Mirren but it was Aberdeen who got in there, and it was a similar sum that took him to the Canaries near the end of his Dons contract.

Andy Irving

Becomes a Premier League player this summer when he moves to West Ham from their affiliate club Austria Klagenfurt. Even if he doesn't go on to star for the Hammers, the fact his form in Austria has attracted their attention shows how good a player he is. Left Hearts on a free transfer in 2021 and again cost Klagenfurt nothing after German side Türkgücü München went bust.

Robert Snodgrass

It might not have turned out well for the midfielder at Hearts in the twilight of his career, but when he was at the peak of his powers he was a player either side would've loved to have had. A favourite at Leeds after they signed him from Livingston, Snodgrass went on to score and assist goals in the Premier League for Norwich and West Ham.

Steven Fletcher

Could have been signed in his early 20s from Hibs but it was Burnley who paid the £3m required for his services. A year later Fletcher was a £6.5m player after moving to Wolves and after he continued to score in the Premier League, Sunderland paid £12m. Spells at Marseille, Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke followed and the 37-year-old is still playing with Hollywood-backed Wrexham.

James McArthur

Came through at Hamilton with James McCarthy and while his pal ended up at Celtic later in his career, McArthur never plied his trade in Glasgow at any stage. Wigan snapped him up for just £500k in 2010, reuniting him with McCarthy. The pair went on to be just as big players for the Latics and McArthur ended up going to Crystal Palace where he would continue to be a mainstay and a key man in the Premier League over nine seasons.